While buzz words such as "aero" and "integrated" continue to punctuate the cycling industry, not surprisingly, ITM has embraced the trend, by creating a handlebar and stem combination that extols both virtues.
The Italian has plans to launch a new "cockpit system" called the X-One for 2015, that incorporates an integrated carbon fiber bar and stem, that’s designed to maximize stiffness and comfort, while cheating the wind by virtue of it’s simplicity and lack of hardware.
Indeed, gone is a traditional faceplate and hardware, in favor of ITM’s G.W.S. (Grip Wedge System), which utilizes a simple two wedge, single bolt system to secure it to the bar. And, according to ITM, it can be used in conjunction with either 1 1/8″ and 1 1/4″ steer tube.
The claimed weight for the stem is 125g for the 100mm length, including the required special top cap and wedge bolt system.
In addition, the handlebar features a distinct ergonomic platform, with large flat sections that are said to provide added comfort; especially when it comes to the wrists. The bar also features internal cable routing for a nice appearance and clean "build".
ITM, says the bars will be available in widths of 40cm, 42cm and 44cm, with a claimed weight of 215g – in size 42.
If you like the X-One system, ITM offers a new 27.2 seat post, to tie in the whole ensemble.
Weighing in at 261g, the Alloy/Carbon X-One seat post uses a 7075 head and carbon fiber shaft.
The head design features their patented Sit’N’Go micro adjustment, which uses a small cam for tilt adjustment. Sit’N’Go is a design that keeps the top clamp small enough to fit between the saddle rails so that the saddle can be installed on the seat post without removing any parts.
A nice departure from the niggles associated with many seat posts that have a dual-bolt seat post/ large top clamp combination – for sure.
Pricing for the X-One system doesn’t come cheap though. The MSRP for the X-One stem is $2249.95, and $349.95 for the X-One bar, while X-One seat post is $184.95.
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